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“Persian Gulf of Tonkin” Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran?

    “Persian Gulf of Tonkin” Ingredients All in Place for US War on Iran?

TEHRAN, IRAN — Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeated an earlier threat to block ships from leaving the Persian Gulf if the U.S. government continues to seek to block Iranian oil exports. Rouhani’s comments came a day after the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf on Monday in an apparent…

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Thanking Veterans For Their “Service” – But Why?

    Thanking Veterans For Their “Service” – But Why?

Depending on the context, the small word “why” can be totally innocuous or it can be just about the most subversive and even sacrilegious word one can utter.  This is probably why I love this word so much: it’s ability to unleash tremendous power against all sorts of sacred cows and unchallenged beliefs.  So, today…

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Iran’s Definitive Account of the Iran-Iraq War: Written by a Female Iraqi Kurd

    Iran’s Definitive Account of the Iran-Iraq War: Written by a Female Iraqi Kurd

On September 22nd there was a terrible terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz which killed 25 innocent people and wounded 70 other people. This was universally reported in the West as having occurred at a “military parade”, when it was actually a parade to commemorate the 1980 start of the Western-backed, Western-funded, Western-armed invasion…

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How America’s Wars Abroad are Funding Inequality at Home

    How America’s Wars Abroad are Funding Inequality at Home

In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has this country relied so heavily on deficit spending to pay for its conflicts. The consequences are expected to be ruinous for the long-term fiscal health of the U.S., but they…

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Why We Need a Congress that Cares About Foreign Policy

  Why We Need a Congress that Cares About Foreign Policy

The U.S. Congress has power over two very important things: money and information. It can, in theory, and practice, end a war by refusing to fund it. It can — and has — compelled the leading architects of American foreign policy — CIA directors, national security advisors, secretaries of defense — to answer for their…

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The Rise of Resistance and Resilience to Tear Gas

  The Rise of Resistance and Resilience to Tear Gas

This text is adapted from “Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today” All around the world people invent, adapt and share techniques for resilience and resistance to tear gas. In doing so, they care for each other. They transform this weapon into a collectivizing tool. There is a…

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Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

  Politicians Want You to Think Questioning War Disrespects Veterans Like Me. They’re Wrong.

How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate? That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, “Serious discussion of foreign…

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Is Trump Pushing Neutral Groups Like the ACLU Towards an Anti War Stance?

  Is Trump Pushing Neutral Groups Like the ACLU Towards an Anti War Stance?

For those of us who fully expected most U.S. peace activists to vanish once Barack Obama became president but expected them to come back once Donald Trump ascended the throne, the failure of our second expectation has been hard, crushingly hard. But there are a few silver linings. First, there is now a multi-issue campaign…

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The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

  The US is Playing with Fire if it Walks Away from the Iran Deal on May 12

A foreign policy crisis is coming May 12. President Donald Trump’s likely decision on that day to not continue waiving sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will significantly increase the chances of war. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by China, Russia, and most of western Europe requires the American president…

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As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides

  As Israel Prepares for War with Iran, Regional Powers Scurry to Take Sides

Last Thursday, General Mattis told the US Senate Armed Forces Committee that he believes a military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria is becoming increasingly likely: “I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where”. This should not come as any surprise. Anyone who can peer out through the gossamer…

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